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Influential figures from English game recognise England’s historic double.
President, Chair and Chief Executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association have all acknowledged England’s remarkable achievement in holding both white-ball World Cups following England’s nail-biting five-wicket win over Pakistan.
Chasing 138 to win following the MVP of the final Sam Curran’s remarkable spell of three wickets for just 12 runs and Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan sharing four wickets, England started well before Pakistan clawed themselves back into the T20 final.
With the Melbourne weather not an issue, Ben Stokes expertly guided England to victory with an unbeaten 52, crowning the Three Lions the kings of world white-ball cricket.
Following England becoming the first ever men’s team to hold the T20I and ODI World Cups at the same time, Charlotte Edwards, James Harris and Rob Lynch paid tribute to the record breakers.
PCA President, Charlotte Edwards, said:
“It was an amazing achievement to win the T20 World Cup over these past few weeks, especially with a new captain and coach in the last six months.
“The depth of talent we have in England is astonishing when you think of so many key players who were lost through injury. They all played an important part in England’s T20 team becoming the force they are in world cricket.
“This proves what many of us have thought for a long time and underlines our dominance in white-ball cricket.
“A special, special win, congratulations to everybody involved!”
“Sunday was an historic occasion for everybody involved in English cricket and something we should all take immense pride from.”
PCA Chair, James Harris, said:
“England are now officially world leaders in white-ball cricket and on behalf of all PCA members I want to congratulate every single player who has played their part in this journey.
“To hold both 50 and 20-over World Cup trophies is the ultimate achievement and the depth of talent we have in our system in England and Wales is the envy of countries around the world.
“While this is a period to enjoy the moment, it is equally pleasing to note the younger members of the squad, such as Harry Brook and Sam Curran, who was quite rightly named Player of the Tournament, have played vital roles.
“I am confident there is even more success to come for this group but for now, enjoy this momentous achievement.”
PCA Chief Executive, Rob Lynch, said:
“Sunday was an historic occasion for everybody involved in English cricket and something we should all take immense pride from.
“It was great to see such a tight-knit group of players working so closely together with different individuals stepping up in every game. Special mentions must go to Ben Stokes for his performance in the final, Sam Curran for his skill throughout and to Jos Buttler, who expertly led his country to lift the trophy.
“Congratulations to Rob Key and Matthew Mott who helped create the platform for the players to deliver like we all knew they would. This has been a collective objective and I am sure the players are enjoying the moment before their attention very quickly turns to the 50-over games against Australia and the Test tour of Pakistan.”